School Strikes 26th March - Invoicing the LEA

(433 Posts)
Bexinder Fri 21-Mar-14 11:47:46

Just wanted to share what I'm doing, and I wonder if we can get some sort of campaign going. Lots of UK schools are closed due to teacher's industrial action next Wednesday 26th March. Given that we parents have absolutely no leeway when it comes to taking children out of school during term time and will be hit with heavy fines per child if we do without permission, I'm invoicing my local education authority for failing to provide education on this day. They haven't asked MY permission to allow the school to close.....Now I'm not expecting them to pay this at all, but I am wanting to cause a stink. They can close the school over the pay and pensions row, but I can't take my children out of school for a funeral.
Sorry - rant over... if anyone wants to copy the invoice, let me know and I'll post it. Thanks!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 21-Mar-14 11:48:48

Don't be so stupid.

This is a bit petty isn't it? I know strikes are anoying but come on - you'll just look a bit daft.

Bexinder Fri 21-Mar-14 11:51:53

Why is it stupid? The LEA are allowed to fine parents, why shouldn't parents make a stand when they can close schools at a whim over something that has nothing to do with my children's day to day education?

vickibee Fri 21-Mar-14 11:52:30

I understand you are cross about it but this is not in control of the LEA, maybe it would be better to send to NUT as it is them who have called this strike.
Our school is part shut, two classes out and three in so some parents have one child at school and one at home. LUDICROUS.
With regards to penisons public sector workers have good pensions compared to others so maybe thay should count their blessings....

MirandaWest Fri 21-Mar-14 11:54:12

Not taking your child out of school and teachers striking are two separate issues.

Why are you invoicing the LEA? Surely it should be the NUT union you are invoicing? The LEA has no control over whether teachers strike. They can't provide a days education for your child because teachers belonging to the NUT union are striking.

AuntieStella Fri 21-Mar-14 11:55:15

Slightly a side issue to this thread, but authorising absence for funerals is not part of the Sept 2013 changes (which affected only family holidays). It sounds as if you have a weak HT who is hiding their (poor) judgment behind an LEA/Governmental bogeyman.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 21-Mar-14 11:55:19

It is not 'at a whim' and it is not 'nothing to do' with your child's education!

Bexinder Fri 21-Mar-14 11:56:31

Great point - it will go to the NUT. But the LEA do have a responsibility to provide education. Just got off the phone to the Sun, they're going to back this.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 21-Mar-14 11:56:53

Well, that's all you need to know then, isn't it hmm

Forgettable Fri 21-Mar-14 11:58:25

Jeez

MirandaWest Fri 21-Mar-14 11:58:29

But how can the LEA provide education if the teachers aren't at school? Seriously you are not thinking this through.

AuntieStella Fri 21-Mar-14 11:58:36

What do you expect the LEA to do to break the strike? Or what will The Sun be asking them to do?

vickibee Fri 21-Mar-14 12:01:42

why can't supply teachers be brought in to cover striking staff from another union?

You have the responsibility to provide education for your child, not the LEA.
I support the NUT on this issue, and I rarely support strikes.

mummy1973 Fri 21-Mar-14 12:03:58

Please read why they are striking http://www.teachers.org.uk

ShoeWhore Fri 21-Mar-14 12:04:07

I agree, this is the teachers who have decided to strike, it's not the LA's decision. Usually then individual HTs have to take the decision whether they have sufficient staff to keep school open or not. And there are legal restrictions on how they can provide cover - they are not allowed to pay a supply teacher for example (although if a day's supply cover was already booked for another reason, they can use it). So if enough teachers strike, the LAs hands are pretty well tied.

vickibee Fri 21-Mar-14 12:07:08

My Ds's teacher is away on a course that day so even though she is NUT they can get a cover teacher in so my son's class is going ahead. It kind of gets rid of the teacher making a decision about the strike, perhaps she did it on purpose?

newbieman1978 Fri 21-Mar-14 12:07:37

The two issues you raise are not comparable.

If you and the majority of parents staged some sort of protest which involved not sending your children to school for a day I'm 100% sure that no one would be fined. That would be a comparable situation to teachers striking.

On the issue of Funerals, I don't know of a head teacher that would not authorise a day for a funeral. Unless you are asking for a week off for the funeral of great aunty Mary in Spain whom the child has no relationship with just because it's more convenient for you.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Fri 21-Mar-14 12:07:52

The sun's a good choice. They like massive tits. Which is what you are going to look like if you carry this plan through.

I would have thought DM would be the more traditional route though.

Curlynoodles Fri 21-Mar-14 12:08:22

The sun = scum

BikeRunSki Fri 21-Mar-14 12:12:49

Because we live in a democratic society where strikes are legal, but unauthorised absence from school isn't.

I say that as someone who will be inconvenienced by the strike, and taking a day's leave means we won't be able to go and see the PiLs at Easter. So - teacher strike = 2 dc not seeing their GPs.

Galena Fri 21-Mar-14 12:12:57

Supplybteachers can be used if they are directly employed by the LA. They cannot be brought in from agencies. However, very few supply teachers are now LA-employed.

As a teacher, I am offended at your use of the word "whim". I am not part of the NUT and will not be striking, but I did go out on strike last year when called upon by my union.

I would do some serious research before you make yourself look foolish. I cannot even be bothered to explain what damage Gove has done to our education system, our terms and conditions of pay and our pensions.

titchy Fri 21-Mar-14 12:26:16

What are you invoicing the LEA/NUT for exactly? The cost of the tutor you're going to have to hire to replace the teaching your child would have had?

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